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Cooking School: 5 Tips for Getting Good Grades

Sep 20, 2017 | Harrison College

Cooking School: 5 Tips for Getting Good Grades

Enrolling in cooking school will enable you to pursue your passion for culinary creations, and can help you to turn that passion into a rewarding career. 

And just as with any course, ensuring that you get good grades will provide you with more opportunities to work in the culinary field. 

That means learning as much as possible from your instructors and working hard to improve your cooking skills and culinary knowledge. 

Here are some of our top tips for getting good grades in culinary school. 

1. Know Your Equipment

Before you start cooking school it's important to know all about the equipment you'll be using. 

Devote some time to learning the specific names of utensils, knives and other kitchen equipment. This will help you follow instructions in a fast-paced cooking class more easily, as you'll be able to lay your hands on the right utensil in an instant. 

You should also be clear about which tools are more appropriate for which tasks, such as the importance of a good paring knife and when to use it. 

Feeling prepared will build your confidence in the kitchen, helping you to improve your cooking skills and achieve better grades. 

2. Focus on Learning

Whatever subject you're studying, it's easy to get caught up on your grades and how well you're doing in the class. 

But it's important to remember that you are your own measure of success. You have enrolled in cooking classes to learn and improve your cooking skills - good grades are just a reflection of that. 

Go to class, pay attention and ask questions if you don't understand. Make sure that you get the most out of every class and put in the hard work. Good grades will come as a result.  

3. Watch Your Instructor

At first, it's common to feel the need to keep notes during cooking demonstrations to make sure you don't forget anything your instructor is telling you. 

However, attending cooking school provides you with the can't-miss opportunity to see exactly how to perform certain culinary techniques.

By watching your instructor carefully you will feel more confident about performing the same technique yourself.  

And, more confidence in your cooking means that your skills will improve at a faster rate, and your good grades will reflect your hard work. 

4. Work with Your Classmates

You might be used to cooking solo in your kitchen at home, but success in a culinary-based career will require you to work as part of a team. 

Remember that you're not in competition with your classmates - working together will only help you all to succeed and achieve good grades. 

Cooking classes also provide you with a great opportunity to share knowledge and learn from your fellow students, as well as from the instructor. 

5. Do Your Homework

Don't expect the learning to stop at the end of your cooking class. Depending on your course and instructor, you may have homework assignments to complete. 

Your instructor may want you to prepare a dish at home and report back or write out a recipe in your own words.

In addition, as well as the practical side of cooking, many courses teach you to expand your culinary knowledge. Your homework could be to carry out research into a certain cuisine or write an assignment on the use of various ingredients.  

Independent study is crucial to learn effectively and achieve good grades. So, even if your instructor doesn't set any homework, you can still use your time out of class to study or improve your cooking skills. 

How to Succeed in Culinary School

Following these tips will help you focus on channeling your passion for cooking into working hard to achieve good grades at cooking school. 

And, as a result, you'll be rewarded with more opportunities to pursue your chosen career in the culinary field. 

Ready to enroll in a culinary arts program? Contact us for more information. One of our dedicated advisors will be happy to assist you with your inquiry. 

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